Anna Homler (us) + Will Saunders (ger), Otto (ger) & Velvet C (b)
The Pharmacia Poetica presents: Weather
A multi-media, improvised electro-acoustic performance by Anna Homler and Will Saunders, with video by Hans Diernberger. Anna Homler (LA) is widely known, in part due to last year’s Rving Intl. re-release of her seminal 1985 Breadwoman cassette made with the late composer Steve Moshier.
Pharmacia Poetica is her project that followed bread woman. As an ongoing, site-specific project that explores the transformative power of sound and images, its main purpose is to demonstrate how the literal becomes the lyrica.
The Pharmacia started out as a radio play, evolving into a collection of glass bottles in which the hidden beauty of commonplace objects, suspended in liquid, is revealed. The project has travelled throughout the US and Europe, often in collaboration with other visual artists and writers.
‘Weather’ is an updated version of Pharmacia Poetica that takes the form of an improvised electro-acoustic performance. Homler plays using her collection of sound omitting toys and other objects, as well as singing in her own alternative language. Sound artist Will Saunders (Cologne) has adopted a number of Homler’s bottles and has visually captured their internal cosmos. He has also recorded an audio-archive of Homler’s collected objects. For the performance he has developed a beautifully crafted glass screen, used both as a projection surface and as a resonator through which to manipulate his recordings.
Homler and Saunders create a world in which the musicality of everyday objects is brought into a fantastical play with the Pharmacia’s imagined inner workings. The weather of the bottles is visually conjured and musically inhabited. The duo improvise a storm in harmony – the kind that leaves a touch of magic in its path.